South Scotland

Kelloholm neglect parents sentence deferred

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption The sentence on the couple was deferred for three months at Dumfries Sheriff Court

Parents who admitted a neglect charge of their three young children in southern Scotland have had their sentence deferred.

The couple, from Kelloholm, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the children, the oldest of whom was 10.

They exposed them to poor hygiene and put their health at risk over a period of almost two years to May this year.

Sheriff George Jamieson had warned the couple they could face jail but deferred sentence for three months.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, he was shown pictures of the state of the house and told that when it was visited it was found to be in a "shambles" with refuse sacks strewn around.

He had warned the pair, in their 20s, that he could send them to prison for up to 12 months.

In mitigation their solicitor told the court the mother had suffered from depression but had now received help from various sources.

The sheriff deferred sentence for three months so that their progress could be monitored.

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